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Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Market sentiment around the world is expected to hinge on one woman's speech this morning.<p>Janet Yellen, the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, will take the microphone at a major central bank conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.<p>But that's not the only thing to watch right now.<p>Here are the four key …

Stock Markets

S&P 500 Weekly Update: Bearish Views Are Everywhere, Will They Finally Be Right?

<i>"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."</i> - Winston Churchill<p>Oh how bearish the …

Associated Press News

Stock averages up 0.4% despite weak jobs data

U.S. stocks ended higher Friday as traders examined a critical monthly report on job growth that could carry implications for Federal Reserve policy.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite each climbed 0.4%. For the Dow, that translates to a 73-point gain.<p>The jobs report is …

Soft Jobs Data Cools Market Expectations on Fed Rate Increase

U.S. payrolls rose by 151,000 last month, while jobless rate held steady at 4.9%<p>U.S. employers did just enough hiring in August to keep unemployment in check and maintain steady—though unspectacular—wage growth. But cooling job growth from recent months reinforced market expectations that the …

Economics